LOOK: Tentative dates for reopening of SA schools

CAPE TOWN- The Department of Basic Education has released tentative dates for South African schools to reopen, with grade 7 and 12 starting the new term on May 6. 

An online briefing was held on Wednesday with the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education, and the Select Committee on Education and Technology, Sports, Arts and Culture.

South African schools have been closed since March 18 due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Director-General of the Department of Basic Education Hubert Mweli said that while lockdown has played a vital role in reducing the spread of the virus, it also stops economic activity.

“We need to protect lives, at the same time we need to protect the academic year,” he said.

Teachers will begin Term 2 on Monday, May 4, while grade 7 and 12 learners will start on Wednesday, May 6.

See below the full list of tentative dates below:

Draft Amended school calendar. Graphic By Keagan Le Grange.


Phasing in approach for schools in South Africa. Graphic By Keagan Le Grange.


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